“An old salt’s sleepin’ his watch away …”

Happy 75th to Leslie West …

Leslie got started in his teens with a garage band called The Vagrants. The band recorded some music in the late 60’s and during those sessions, met an engineer by the name of Felix Pappalardi. Later, West and Pappalardi would form Mountain — the band many rock historians consider the originators of the “metal” genre.

Marc Bolan

b. September 30, 1947. Bolan was the front-man for T. Rex. On September 16 1977, the then 29-year-old was killed instantly when the car driven by his girlfriend, Gloria Jones, left the road and hit a tree in Barnes, London.

The thing about success, certainly in the rock’n’roll business, is that it gives you an incredible amount, but what it takes away is irreplaceable and sometimes I get a funny feeling that I shan’t be here very long. And I’m not talking in terms of things like success. It frightens me sometimes.”

Marc Bolan